EL: [Bat Girl], what are you doing?
BG: Just hangin' out.
Scene: Same location, evening. Bat Girl, facing a blank wall, begins hopping about while giggling like mad.
EL: Honey, what are you doing?
BG: I dancin' with my shadow!
5 things the TV has taught my child about:
1. Four-leaf clovers
2. The use of "Your Highness" as a form of address (I know, right? Imagine being called "Your Highness" by your toddler)
3. The existence of shadows (see above) and echoes, and the necessity of yodeling when an echo is encountered (resulting in her shouting "Lodelodelay HOO-HOO!" into building lobbies and playground tunnels)
4. Mermaids, and the benefits of befriending same
5. "It's lovely!" as a form of praise
BG is crazy for the bottle right now. We were hoping that we could start getting her off it soon, but in the last few weeks (probably due to all the changes in routine brought by my losing my job, plus all the traveling, plus did I mention the four canines coming in simultaneously?) she's been begging for the bottle constantly. This plus the nap strike plus lots of night waking is making our lives rather hellish right now. We'd gotten lazy, bringing her into bed with us and keeping a bottle of water on the bedside table which we just stuck in her mouth every time she woke up and cried for it (multiple times a night) so we wouldn't have to get up, but we are now beginning Operation Take Back the Night, which involves doing whatever it takes to get her to fall back asleep without a bottle (lots of music and rocking--it's like having a newborn again, only 25 pounds instead of 6) and, eventually, getting her back in her crib, since my husband claims his internal organs will not survive many more nights of toddler kicks.
She is part baby, part kid. She loves to dance ("Mommy, get up!" she orders if I dare sit down while the music is playing), to help feed the cat and the fish, to "read" books to herself out loud, to snuggle (and demands "Snuggle Mommy!" often). She can climb into her stroller and high chair by herself but still rarely deigns to hold her own bottle. She knows all the verses to "The Wheels on the Bus." She is growing up so fast.